"Hamilton - 2 days, never enough!" Hamilton by johngayton

Hamilton Travel Guide: 25 reviews and 59 photos

Minimalism at Maggie's

Now here's an odd-bod of a town, it merely scrapes the "town" definition, but yet has aspirations to be a city - doesn't anyone know that to be a city you have to have a Starbucks? No Starbucks and you're nothin' pal!

Yet, city or not, Hamilton has its attractions and Maggie's is one, another is the Rainbow Bar - chalk and cheese! There will be tips to follow when I finally catch up, patience is everything.

OK back to Hamilton - Small town, big aspirations, situated about 50 miles south of Missoula on the US 93 in the Bitterroot Valley, a small neat town with everthing that I could have expected from small town Americana - and more. Hints of class, what with me being UPSCALE! and all that, this is the sort of place I really wanted to find here in the US and here I can see how the "American Dream" continues. Without the city "dog-eat-dog" mentality I can see why Hamilton is up and coming, the civilised touches are there and it is just a matter of letting things happen at their own pace.

As to the photo - I just had to use this one, the waitress's unposed posture in what looks like an empty restaurant, the ketchup bottle avoiding the salt and pepper as if it is too classy to be on the same table - take away the modern coffee machine, the cd player and replace the electric clock, tint the picture sepia and think where you would be???????

Sadly Maggies Is No longer

But Hamilton is still the same. The Rainbow thrives and the local brewery seems also to do so.

Here's a link to the local website: http://hamiltonmontana.com/

  • Last visit to Hamilton: Mar 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • travelgourmet's Profile Photo
    Jan 13, 2008 at 11:54 PM

    Cheers, John. Yep, the Spice is Nice and EllenH was nicer. Went to a party with 50 strangers that all became friends within a few minutes. See you in LA one day? Larry

  • EllenH's Profile Photo
    Dec 14, 2006 at 3:49 PM

    Guido is honored! Nice maggies and rainbow description, if only we could have taken you to the brewery.....oh well next time!

  • whitecliff62's Profile Photo
    Mar 18, 2006 at 1:07 AM

    Maggies looks the perfect place for breakfast


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